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Chancellor Deaton's remarks at announcement of $30.1 million gift from Reynolds Foundation

By RJI on November 8, 2012 0 Comments News
Brady Deaton, chancellor of the University of Missouri

As Chancellor of MU, it gives me great pleasure to announce that the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation has made a gift of $30 million, one hundred thousand dollars to the university ($30,100,000).

The Nine Network Debuts an Innovative, Interactive Television Series: Stay Tuned

By RJI on November 6, 2012 0 Comments

Stay Tuned, the Nine Network’s new, interactive television series, engages the public in live, real-time discussions of important issues that impact metropolitan St. Louis. The innovative, hour-long, weekly series debuts Thursday, November 8 at 9:00 p.m. on Nine PBS. (Repeated Saturdays at 2:00 a.m. beginning November 10.)

Stay Tuned uses the latest technology to bring people face to face for in-depth conversations, focusing each week on one topic of importance to the long-term vitality of our region. Host Casey Nolen brings overarching context to the issue during the live broadcast, inviting experts and community members to participate and interact in person and through technology using Google+Hangouts, Twitter and Facebook in a seamless integration of social media.

Tune in for Stay Tuned, Nine’s new weekly show that relies on YOUR participation!

Source nineMagazine on November 6, 2012 0 Comments

It wasn’t that long ago when town squares were the center of a community’s life. When confronted by tough issues, people met there formally and informally to hash out problems and possible solutions. The Nine Network takes old-fashioned community conversation to a newfashioned level with the weekly series Stay Tuned, which uses the latest technology to bring people face to face for in-depth discussions of issues important to the long term vitality of the region.

Online surfing ‘promotes reading habit’

Source International News on November 6, 2012 0 Comments

Online users seeking general information or accessing social networking sites often come across news which they start reading, just out of curiosity.

There has been a shift in the way people have begun to perceive online news, says study author Borchuluun Yadamsuren, post-doctoral fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI), University of Missouri, reported a website.

Reynolds Fellow Brian Houston receives grant to create terrorism and disaster center

Source MU News Bureau on November 6, 2012 0 Comments

More than 70 people have been killed, millions are without power and several thousand have lost their homes in the severe storm known as Hurricane Sandy. Relief efforts will provide for victims’ immediate needs, such as housing, food and water, but the emotional consequences of natural disasters are long term and not understood very well. A University of Missouri disaster communication expert is using a $2.4 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to establish a Terrorism and Disaster Center (TDC) that will train mental health providers to aid communities before and after natural and man-made disasters.

Assistant Communication Professor J. Brian Houston, co-director of the TDC, says staff will focus on mental and behavioral health preparedness, recovery and resilience in children, families and communities affected by disasters. Past research has emphasized responding to the immediate aftermath of disasters and terrorism, but the center will examine the long-term emotional repercussions on victims who are left to cope and rebuild after national media, politicians and disaster relief workers leave their communities.

Matt Sokoloff: As paywalls evolve, so does the perception of paywalls

Source StreetFight on November 2, 2012 0 Comments
Matt Sokoloff, advertising networks, Reynolds Fellow, RJI

For a very long time I really wasn’t a fan of paywalls. I felt that people expected content on the Internet to be free, and if hyperlocal and regional news sites began charging, the audience would go somewhere else. There’s still some truth to that concept, but it’s time to acknowledge that, overall, people are starting to get used to paying for content online — especially on smartphones and tablets.

Fellow Brian Houston featured on NPR show

Source NPR on October 29, 2012 0 Comments
Brian Houston, Mitchell S. McKinney, Reynolds Journalism Institute

Social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter, have been important parts of this year's presidential campaigns. As Americans prepare to head to the polls, experts discuss social media's influence on politics, and whether Twitter can predict who will win the election.

Four #dmndebates down, the real Twitter research begins

Source Dallas Morning News on October 23, 2012 0 Comments
Mitchell S. McKinney, politics, presidential debate, RJI

The real research now begins over at Mizzou, where professors are going to look at the regional tweeters, follow-up with some of them (more on that in the next few weeks) and then analyze the impact of Twitter use in debate viewing and coverage.

Chicago Photography Center to showcase POYi's historic White House photos

Source Chicago Photography Center on October 23, 2012 0 Comments
POYi, RJI, Reynolds Journalism Institute

Pictures of the Year International’s (POYi) historical exhibition ‘The Presidential Image: 70 Years of the Best in White House Photography,’ is coming to the Chicago Photography Center Nov. 2 – 24 (Chicago Photography Center).

Reynolds Fellow weighs in as Obama, Romney face off on foreign policy

Source STL Beacon on October 22, 2012 0 Comments
Mitchell S. McKinney, politics, presidential debate, RJI

McKinney said the more aggressive stance Romney had taken in the first two debates “was more subdued tonight by the intimate environment of this roundtable chat. On the other hand, Barack Obama’s ‘professorial’ style seemed more suited to this more deliberative discussion.”

True innovation in local news organizations still lacking

Source StreetFight on October 19, 2012 0 Comments
Matt Sokoloff, advertising networks, Reynolds Fellow, RJI

It’s exciting to see many local news organizations transforming into “digital first” operations. After many years of slow progress, traditional media entities are finally taking the necessary steps to join the modern world of socially driven, 24/7 digital news. But while these are certainly steps in the right direction, it’s unclear that they are helping drive revenue, build working business models, or spur true product innovation.

MU professors partner with RJI in Twitter analysis

Source The Maneater on October 19, 2012 0 Comments
Brian Houston, Mitchell S. McKinney, Reynolds Journalism Institute

Mitchell McKinney and Brian Houston, fellows at the institute and associate professors of communication, are trying to make sense of the chorus of tweets. They are heading a team of graduate student researchers in order to study how debate viewers use Twitter to respond to candidates’ performances.

Fellow David Cohn answers: So how is Circa different from writing articles?

Source MediaShift Ideas Lab on October 19, 2012 0 Comments
David Cohn, Reynolds Fellow, RJI, Reynolds Journalism Institute

Circa is a new type of mobile news app that collects the "atomic units" of stories -- facts, quotes and images -- and puts them into running stories with alerts to updates.

Dallas debate tweeters rock: Nearly 1,000 tweets logged on #dmndebate during the second Obama-Romney showdown

Source Dallas Morning News on October 17, 2012 0 Comments
Mitchell S. McKinney, politics, presidential debate, RJI

As we’ve mentioned before, we are working with the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri to track reaction to the presidential debates on Twitter. We’ve been steadily building, but DMN readers, using the hashtag #dmndebate, outdid themselves with Tuesday night’s second Barack Obama/Mitt Romney faceoff, logging nearly 1,000 tweets during the 90-minute debate.

Reynolds Fellow weighs in on presidential debate format

Source STL Beacon on October 16, 2012 0 Comments
Mitchell S. McKinney, politics, presidential debate, RJI

McKinney, an expert on presidential debates, said in an interview that the town-hall format tends to be “the least attack-oriented” of presidential debate forums.

Fellow weighs in as Obama, Romney clash in combative town hall debate

Source STL Beacon on October 16, 2012 0 Comments
Mitchell S. McKinney, politics, presidential debate, RJI

The 90-minute encounter presented a stark contrast to their first debate, during which a more passive Obama had failed to challenge some of Romney’s assertions. On Tuesday, Obama sought to control the discussion, often confronting Romney on issues such as the auto bailout, taxes and China outsourcing.

Fellow says viewers will receive greatest benefit in presidential town hall debate

Source Newsroom America on October 15, 2012 0 Comments
Mitchell S. McKinney, politics, presidential debate, RJI

Citizens at home viewing the town hall presidential debate may be the greatest beneficiaries from the event, according to Mitchell S. McKinney, a University of Missouri associate professor of communication and presidential debate expert.

Breaking news is broken and Circa wants to fix it

Source All Things D on October 15, 2012 0 Comments
David Cohn, Reynolds Fellow, RJI, Reynolds Journalism Institute

Circa, which launches today for iPhones after nearly a year of secrecy, is a news app designed specifically for mobile. Its modest goal: To completely overhaul breaking news and the experience of receiving updates on a developing story.

Reynolds Fellow David Cohn talks Circa

Source Digidave.org on October 15, 2012 0 Comments
David Cohn, Reynolds Fellow, RJI, Reynolds Journalism Institute

In April, just on the heels of leaving Spot.Us, I announced joining the team at Circa as the founding editor. Six month’s later – I’m happy to point to our new website and more importantly our new App which is available in the Apple App Store (If you like the App – feel free to give it a review!).

MU researchers find outlook optimistic for print media

Source Maneater on October 12, 2012 0 Comments
Mike Jenner, pay models, pay walls, RJI, Reynolds Journalism Institute

Even with the loss of advertising revenue and subscriptions, newspaper publishers hold an optimistic view of the future of print journalism, a study conducted by MU researchers found.